No farmer lets his harvest waste on the farm. Every farmer at harvest time endeavors to bring all his harvest home. He constructs a barn or an appropriate storage where he keeps the harvest for preservation. Of course he does not just bring in the harvest to preserve it or just to be looking at it. He knows that the harvest for the next year will come from the current harvest so he does not eat up or sell off all his harvest but carefully selects part of the harvest as seed for the next planting season.
As believers, we are harvesters. There is a yearning among men for a lasting solution to their troubles. There are according to Joel 3: 14, “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.” People need to decide which way to follow and who to believe in so Jesus commands us in Matthew 28: 18- 19 to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen”
We must be compassionate. We must become goers. We must make up our minds to become fathers and mothers of nations. We must step out of our comfort zones to do the work of the master while it is yet day. We must become all things to all men in order to bring them out of darkness to the marvelous light of our God. We must be moved to spend and be spent for the master for this is our high calling.
The real thing I want to address today is that much of our harvest in the kingdom are wasting. As much as there is still much soul winning to be done, we must take note that many who have been saved are been lost to the world all over again. They come to the Lord through the front door but we have left the back door open so they file out into the world and things they left before. It is like a ‘one step forward, two steps backward’ trend. This is happening because of our carefree attitude to those that are being saved by our God driven efforts at evangelism. We preach to people, they get convicted by the Holy Spirit and accept Jesus as their personal Lord and savior but we just let them wander off.
Many of them are saved on the street and left there on the streets. The law of proximity, then takes its toll on them. They are saved but their closest friends are still the bad ones so the tendency to still follow them is super high.
Many of them join churches where you cannot vouch for what they are hearing. Many of such drift into heresies and their salvation is greatly endangered.
Many of them repent, come to church but suspicion from ‘church people’ about whether they are really saved or not drives them back. If it were not for Barnabas, the son of encouragement, I wonder what would have happened to the destiny of Apostle Paul in the midst of that suspicious generation. We do not create a welcoming atmosphere for them to fit in and grow in the Lord thereby, so we lose them.
We do not monitor them through calls and visitation to ascertain that they are growing. We do not put in any effort to teach them the word so they can grow and become mature. Many of them do not even last up to a year in faith when they suffer spiritual relapse their condition becomes worse than they were before you met them.
This is why every harvested soul must be brought to church, your church, Chapel of Freedom so they can feed on what you feed on. You must know that you most probably are not the first person that ever preached to these kind of people. Does it not amaze you that they listened to you or followed you? The others who preached to them before are also Christians who are Holy Ghost filled too but God decided to use you to effect their final harvest. You must as much as possible bring them to your home, your church, if they are not committed in any other church or if you cannot vouch for their growth where they claim to be attending and if they are not in the city where you dwell, direct them to any of our pastors/ churches around where they dwell or where we do not have a branch, you must direct them to a place where you can trust that they will get fellowship. Even after all this, you must keep a tap on them to ensure that they are growing. This is work! Especially when their numbers get high but it is worth it if you are truly kingdom oriented.
If they live where you live, except it becomes impossible, bring them to the church so they can grow as you also grow. Your God becomes their God, your brethren become their brethren and your pastor becomes their pastor. This is not about increasing our Sunday or other weekday service attendance. It is about providing these new converts a place where they can grow under the watchful eye of the person that led them to their savior. It is about keeping them close until they are able to stand in faith after going through our foundation and baptismal classes. It is about helping them to make a further decision to commit their service to God in subgroups and affinity groups. It is about becoming close to them enough such that they are free to ask their questions and get their doubts cleared.
We have to be committed to soul winning, soul weaning and soul establishment in the faith. Until we achieve these three in the lives of each new convert, our statistics on souls saved during evangelism or crusades are just figures that translate to mockery. Let us take care of the Lord’s harvest for every soul won, weaned and established is the next evangelist, pastor, prophet, teacher….. who will help to harvest, preserve and deploy other new converts into the ripened field for further harvest.
God bless you in Jesus name.